archival pigment prints on cotton rag paper
150.0 x 48.0 cm
From the collection of the State Library of NSWStory
It is now 21 years since Shirley Smith (Mum Shirl) died, and a fitting time to celebrate her extraordinary life.
Mum Shirl is remembered as a straight talker with an astute ability to read people and an unwavering sense of justice. To those in need she was a woman of boundless compassion, courage and optimism, who had time for everyone. This exhibition has been curated to celebrate and to remember Mum Shirl's memory and many achievements.
She is revered amongst Aboriginal people as the Black Saint of Redfern.
Mum Shirl was a towering presence in Redfern. Not only because of her huge and commanding personality, ‘queenly’ confidence and physical presence. It was her energy and urgency of purpose in the service of people in need and the victims of injustice that defined her.
Bobbi Sykes (Dr. Roberta Sykes, author of Mum Shirl Autobiography) and Mum Shirl, Dr. Mick (Asher)
Ilford Photo FP4
60.0 x 41.0 cm
#17710 LOCATION: Offsite AUS